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Irish Mirror
David Mac Redmond

Séan Bean questions the impact of intimacy coordinators on film and TV sex scenes

English actor Séan Bean has criticised the role of intimacy coordinators saying they “spoil the spontaneity” of sex scenes in film and TV series.

SAG-AFRA (the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) recently opened their membership to intimacy coordinators, who advise on best practice while shooting sex scenes.

But the Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings actor, speaking to The Times Magazine (UK) yesterday, expressed doubts about their positive impact on actors taking part in intimate moments on camera.

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“It would inhibit me more because it’s drawing attention to things,” said Bean. “Somebody saying, ‘Do this, put your hands there, while you touch his thing…”

“I should imagine it slows down the thrust of it. Ha, not the thrust, that’s the wrong word. It would spoil the spontaneity.”

“I think the natural way lovers behave would be ruined by someone bringing it right down to a technical exercise,” he said while referring to his work with Joely Richardson in the 1993 adaptation of Lady Chatterly’s Lover.

In his interview with The Times, Bean said that filming Lady Chatterly’s Lover was “spontaneous.”

“It was a joy. We had a good chemistry between us, and we knew what we were doing was unusual. Because she was married, I was married. But we were following the story. We were trying to portray the truth of what DH Lawrence wrote.”

Bean also had something to say about the cutting of an intimate scene from the television adaptation of Snowpiercer, which involved a mango (yes, the fruit).

“Often the best work you do, where you’re trying to push the boundaries, and the very nature of it is experimental, gets censored when TV companies or the advertisers say it’s so much,” Bean said. “It’s a nice scene, quite surreal, dream-like and abstract. And mango-esque.”

When asked about the positive impact intimacy coordinators can have, especially for female actors in particular, Bean said it “depends on the actress.”

His co-star in Snowpiercer, Lena Hall, who has a background in musical cabaret was “up for anything.”


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